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Becoming Jane: The Evolution of Dr. Jane Goodall

  • Things to do, Exhibitions
  1. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  2. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  3. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  4. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  5. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  6. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  7. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  8. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  9. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
  10. Becoming Jane
    Photograph: Time Out/Michael Juliano
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Time Out says

This West Coast debut traces the career of legendary scientist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, from her childhood in the U.K. to her years in Africa studying chimpanzees (including a breakthrough discovery of their use of tools) to her current role as an activist and advocate.

Goodall’s life story is wildly inspiring: That with determination, compassion and curiosity, a single person can drastically change how we think about our place within the natural world. The exhibit can’t quite capture all of that, but it does present an easy-to-understand, kid-friendly retelling of her life’s work (a more sensitive corner on chimps in captivity is tucked behind a curtain).

For her work observing chimps in the wild, the exhibition employs some particularly neat technological tricks: a hologram-like rendering of Goodall, beautifully-shot video walls, a CG recreation of chimp behavior that hovers behind a window and projections that appear to literally grow out of her notebook, to name a few.

“Becoming Jane” also features some of Hugo van Lawick’s stunning footage of Goodall in Africa. If you find that particularly compelling, we’d recommend the 2017 documentary Jane for a deeper dive into her groundbreaking observance of chimps.

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano

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Event website:
nhm.org/becoming-jane
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Price:
Museum admission $15, exhibition $9
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